National trades directory changes policy on criminal record checks

We were contacted by an individual who had applied to register his business on a directory of recommended and trusted tradespeople. He had been asked to provide the company with a copy of either his basic criminal record (from Disclosure Scotland) or his police record (via a subject access request). A subject access request provides […]

Read More >

Confusion over filtering legislation and DBS checks for accountants

We were contacted by an individual who was looking to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and had been asked to complete a declaration form which contained the following wording: “I confirm that I have now read the notes section and: I have not been subject to any criminal conviction […]

Read More >

Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority

The question below appeared on the application form for a job in social care at a local authority. What’s wrong with the above? It’s long and confusing. At the beginning, the phrase ‘unspent’ is used, despite the role involving a level of check that will disclose spent convictions too. It’s inaccurate. It states that applicants […]

Read More >

Poor application form for a job at a waste disposal company

The question below appeared on the application form for a job at a waste disposal company. What’s wrong with the wording above? It’s not clear. The role is ‘covered by the ROA’ – this means that the applicant doesn’t have to disclose spent convictions. This isn’t made clear in the question. It’s misleading. The use […]

Read More >

Be clear what level of check you’re doing

As an employer, it’s not only important that you do the correct level of criminal record check, but it’s also important you communicate that you’re doing the right level. This is something that Morrisons found out when there was a news article where they were ‘slammed for snooping on job applicants’. The article starts off by […]

Read More >

Misleading application process and potentially ineligible DBS checks

This case involves an organisation that recruits couriers. We were contacted by an individual who was in the process of applying for a job as a self-employed neighbourhood courier. As part of the online application form, the organisation involved had stated that: “l will ask you to provide a current DBS check (formally CRB). Please […]

Read More >